Abuse PotentialExalgo contains hydromorphone, a drug that may be abused (see Exalgo Abuse). It is a good idea to keep this medication in a safe place, where it is unlikely to be stolen by others. Never let someone else take your medication. Exalgo provides a high dose of hydromorphone that could easily result in death in someone who is not used to the medication.
Also, it is very dangerous to inject this product, as it contains inactive ingredients that can be quite harmful when injected into the bloodstream. People who abuse Exalgo and suddenly stop using it are likely to experience withdrawal symptoms (see Exalgo Withdrawal).
When and How to Take ExalgoSome general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with Exalgo include the following:
- The medication comes in extended-release tablet form. It is taken by mouth once a day, every day. It is not meant to be taken "as needed" (at unscheduled times only when needed for pain).
- You can take Exalgo with food or on an empty stomach. If it bothers your stomach, try taking the tablets with food.
- Never crush, chew, or dissolve the tablets, as this would release a dangerous amount of hydromorphone. Never take a tablet that appears damaged in any way.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Do not increase your dose without your healthcare provider's approval. Do not suddenly stop taking Exalgo, especially if you have taken it regularly for more than a few days (see Exalgo Withdrawal).